D. Cook's "The Ax Book: The Lore and Science of the Woodcutter"
D. Cook's "The Ax Book: The Lore and Science of the Woodcutter" is a guide to axmanship, wood and the hand tools of a woodsman. This 134 page book is a thorough guide to cutting wood with hand tools.
The author explains how to use various types of axes, hatchets, mauls, saws and wedges to take down trees and prepare firewood. In addition, he shows every aspect of dealing with wood from the forest right to the hearth or stove. The author isn't afraid to compare the ax with the chainsaw in this book, and he explains the use of the latter tool as well.
What is possible to learn about using an ax from a book, this book will teach you.